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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on industrial toxins. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them as well!

    And check out my associated blog post EPA dioxin limit has National Chicken Council worried products could be declared “unfit for consumption”.

  • I suspected this. Great find!

  • jeff swanson

    How much can we detox these chemicals by donating blood?

    • Since most of these chemicals are fat soluble donating blood would be helpful but not significant. Your body tends to rid itself of these substances slowly over time. The best way to “detox” is to stop the input of these substances and letting the body rid itself of the chemicals via regular metabolism courtesy of liver, kidney which work 24 hours a day to rid ourselves of unwanted substances. This can take some time as the half life(time to rid the body of one half of it’s toxic load) can be years. For instance dioxin one of the most carcinogenic substance known see…… is estimated to have a half life of 6-7 years. So while your body is working to get rid of these chemicals it is best to minimize exposure by going on plant based diet… organic is best… avoiding GMO’s seems like a good idea as well. Of course giving blood does lower the bodies iron load which has benefits in normal persons see… and Blood donation also does a valuable community service. Medicine is not transfusing as much blood as we used in the past for a variety of reasons but when folks need blood it can be life saving.

  • Christian Laf

    In relation to this toxicity, would there be any benefit to following some of the more popular “Detox” diets or something like Chelation therapy?
    A friend of mine was a machinist working on marine brass and years later he found he was intoxicated with Lead and had to follow a Chelation therapy which apparently resolved the issue. However, I am not sure how this works or if it would accomplish anything with respect to the toxins discussed here.

  • Ariel Gail MacLean

    I have searched your wonderful website but cannot see any references to the safety and effectiveness of Krill supplement. If one wishes to continue supplementing an already high plant, green drink, and primarily vegetarian diet with a supplement for Omega 3, is Krill a bad choice? I reduced all my bad stats so dramatically in such a short time through multiple dietary changes inc Green Drinks, 4xs increase in daily colored vegetables, and also by adding the highest quality Cod Liver Oil, that I am afraid to eliminate completely all animal / fish oil types of supplements because I am not sure what did the trick so well and so fast.

  • Gds

    Aren’t plants also carrying some degree of pollution that can explain the presence of unwanted substances in vegans?